The European Union said it is "in contact with the parties in the [Middle East] region" to press for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, Reuters reports.
The death toll in the week-long crisis has risen with at least 172 Palestinians killed, according to reports.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.